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I'm in the process of replacing my alternator. The shop manual gives instructions to loosen the drive belt tensioner by turning it clockwise. Of course, I put a wrench to it and it would not budge. Does anyone have a trick to doing this? Do I absolutely need to get the belt off the alternator pulley? Any help would be great.

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jimmyjam said:
I'm in the process of replacing my alternator. The shop manual gives instructions to loosen the drive belt tensioner by turning it clockwise. Of course, I put a wrench to it and it would not budge. Does anyone have a trick to doing this? Do I absolutely need to get the belt off the alternator pulley? Any help would be great.

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James
Hi James,

To replace the alternator you'll need to take off the drive belt. When I replaced mine I used a long bar to take the tension off :think: try a longer bar if you have one :thumb:
 

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Hi Adam,

Thank you very much for the advice. I'll have to dig out a "cheater" bar for this. Either that or I need to hit the gym...

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Hi Adam,

Thank you very much for the advice. I'll have to dig out a "cheater" bar for this. Either that or I need to hit the gym...

James
:lol:

The bar I used was around 2' to 2' 1/2 feet :thumb:
 

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Or link another spanner into the end of the spanner that fits on the pulley nut (15mm i think...) to act as a lever. You are not trying to undo the nut, just lever the whole pulley assembly (which is spring loaded) around to take tension off the belt. Once you get the hang of it, it's quite easy. Much quicker than the old type adjusters.
 
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